Professor Li Wei

I am a Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Institute of Education, University College London. I worked for many years in the Department of Speech of Newcastle University where I received my PhD in Speech Sciences and then as professor at Birkbeck College, University of London.

We plan to rebuild Applied Linguistics at the IoE as one of major research strength. There will be a series of planned research activities, including regular research seminars and an annual symposium. Activities and initiatives will also help to raise the profile of applied linguistics research across UCL and externally. Following informal discussions, a significant number of colleagues in UCL’s linguistics, psychology, modern languages, and English, who identify themselves as ‘applied linguists’, are keen to be members of an applied linguistics research centre.

My main research interest is in the broad area of bilingualism and multilingualism, which includes Bilingual and Multilingual First Language Acquisition (BAMFLA), early second language acquisition (ESLA), speech and language disorders of bilingual and multilingual speakers, the pragmatics of codeswitching, bilingual education, and intercultural communication. My current work focuses on the creativity and criticality of multilingual and multimodal language users. 

You can find out more about me and the work I do on my website at Institute of Education, UCL.

Direct contact: Li Wei